SEC Game Predictions- Week 2

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2019

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The SEC flexed its upper tier muscles last week getting blow-out
wins by #2 Alabama, #6 LSU, #3 Georgia, and #12 Texas A &M. Although
not a blow-out, the most significant win was #10 Auburn’s come from
behind victory over then #11 Oregon. The Tigers vaulted over Penn
State, Washington, Utah, A&M and Florida to give the SEC four teams
ranked in the AP Top 25.

This week’s national spotlight game for the SEC will feature #6
LSU at #9 Texas.  The winner of this early season match will most
likely be a college football playoff team.
Last week results: Straight – 8-4 / ATS- 7-4-1

12 Texas A&M (1-0) at 1 Clemson (1-0)                                                                                                              Line: Tigers -17.5 / 64.5
Time/TV: Sat., 2:30 / ABC
The Aggies aren’t backing down from their near 20 point underdog
status.  HC Jimbo Fisher has been playing motivational speaker this
week. When asked about the dire task at hand for his Aggies, he simple
implies to bring it on. Clemson is a force under HC Dabo Sweeney with
two national championships in the last three years. The Tigers are
53-3 at home in the past 8 years and their offense gained 623 yards
last week against conference foe Georgia Tech.  The Champs handle A&M
in Death Valley.
Pick: Clemson 38 Texas A&M 24

6 LSU (1-0) at 10 Texas (1-0)
Line: Tigers -6.5 / 55.5
Time/TV: Sat., 6:30 / ABC
Whew!  What we have here is a week 2 slugfest that will affect
college football playoff scenarios for the first half of 2019. The
Longhorns beat Louisiana Tech by 31 points, 45-14, and cemented QB Sam
Ehlinger’s Heisman status who accounted for 5 TD’s. LSU put an
absolute beat-down on Georgia Southern, 55-3, that wasn’t even that
close. Tiger QB Joe Burrows has morphed into a true leader of LSU’s
spread offense and is primed to challenge Alabama and Georgia for the
SEC’s, and nation’s, top dog status. Let the Good Times Roll in
Austin.
Pick: LSU 26 Longhorns 21

West Virginia (1-0) at Missouri (0-1)
Line: Tigers -14 / 62.5
Time/TV: 11:00 a.m. / ESPN2
The Kelly Byant show sputtered on the road in Wyoming last week as
the Tigers were outplayed by the Cowboys losing,
37-31. This week Missouri is giving 14 points at home against a West
Virginia team that barely beat James Madison (20-13) in Morgantown.
Mizzou QB Kelly Bryant did throw for 423 yards and 2 TD’s last week,
but had an interception and a costly fumble that was returned for a
Wyoming touchdown. The Tigers should rebound against the Mountaineers
in the friendly confines of Faurot Field.
Pick: Missouri 27 West Virginia 24

Charl. Southern (0-1) vs S. Carolina (0-1)
Line: Gamecocks -40 / 56
Time/TV: 11 a.m / SECN
The Gamecocks literally gifted North Carolina HC Mack Brown his
first post-retirement win in over five years with a 24-20 loss in the
battle of the Carolinas. South Carolina’s defense gave up two 90+ yard
drives in the second half and seemed gassed in the Charlotte heat and
humidity. South Carolina gets rejuvenated against neighboring
Charleston Southern. Prayers and thoughts for Charleston Southern and
all areas affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Pick: S. Carolina 40 Charl. Southern 9

Arkansas.(1-0) at Ole Miss (0-1)
Line: Rebels -6.5 / 50.5
TV/Time: 6:30 p.m. / SECN
Ole Miss played a good Memphis team last week and got beat 15-10.
Arkansas played FCS Portland State and barely hung on to win 20-13.
Arkansas’s offense was woeful and its defense was not as dominant as
the stats suggest against an FCS school. Ole Miss has the nation’s
highest compensated offensive coordinator in Rich Rodriguez who will
right the ship for the Rebels this week.
Pick: Ole Miss 33 Arkansas 20

Vanderbilt (0-1) vs. Purdue (1-0)
Line: Purdue -7 / 56
Time/TV: 11:00 a.m / BTN
Vandy was housed by #3 Georgia last week, 30-6. Purdue gave up a
two touchdown lead in the fourth quarter and lost to Nevada, 34-31,
thanks to a 56 yard field goal from Purdue’s freshman kicker. The
Commodores offense was non-existent against Georgia. Vandy QB Riley
Neal threw for 85 yards which was only 13 yards more than leading
rusher, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, (72 yds), had on the night. These two teams
have played twice before with Vandy getting both wins, but the last
game was 77 years ago. Purdue improves to 2-1 in the series.
Pick: Purdue 23 Vanderbilt 14

BYU (0-1) at Tennessee (0-1)
Line: Vols -4 / 52
Time/TV: 6:00 p.m / ESPN
When the ESPN honchos scheduled this prime time game, they would
have thrown up if they’d known Tennessee would get beat by Georgia
State. Georgia State was the 2018 last place team in the Sun Belt
conference at 2-10. At least BYU’s opening season loss was to
#13Utah, a formidable in-state foe. Tennessee is on the verge of a
massive head coach buy-out if they lose this non-conference game and
start out 0-2 before even drawing blood in a SEC Contest. Vols HC
Jeremy Pruitt seat is molten lava right now and a victory, even if by
desperate measures, is mandated.
Pick: Tennessee 27  BYU 21

Southern Miss.(1-0) at Miss. State (1-0)
Line: State -16.5 / 51.5
TIme/TV: 2:30 / ESPNU
The Bulldogs didn’t dominate Louisiana – Lafayette last week but
still came away with a comfortable 38-28 win. Mississippi State
allowed Louisiana to score two late TD’s, one aided by a late
turnover, but was in relative control the entire game.  Southern Miss
has a veteran laden team and had no problem dispatching Alcorn St.,
38-10, last week. The SEC caliber of athleticism should prevail in an
early season battle for Mississippi bragging rights.
Pick: Miss. State 20 S. Mississippi 17

Tulane (1-0) at 16 Auburn (1-0)
Line: Tigers -18 / 51.5
Time/TV: 6:30 p.m / ESPN2
The #10 ranked Auburn Tigers are treading in rare territory with a
two straight season opening wins over the best teams in the PAC 12.
Auburn QB true freshman Bo Nix elevated his game to a thrilling come
from behind victory, 27-21, in Atlanta. Tulane is still Tulane even
after winning its opener 42-16 against Florida Atlantic. The Gus Bus
is in full gear and won’t have any problems shrugging off the Green
Wave on the plains.
Pick: Auburn 44 Tulane 20

New Mexico St. (0-1) at 1 Alabama (1-0)
Line: -55 / 64.5
Time/TV: 3:00 p.m / SECN
New Mexico State HC Doug Martin stated in an interview this week
that playing Alabama was as close to playing an NFL team as you can
get. Most of the teams in the SEC would agree. Last week, the Crimson
Tide effortlessly rolled Duke, 42-3, while the New Mexico State Aggies
were blown out 58-7 by Washington. New Mexico State is making $1.7
million to play the sacrificial lamb and with game time temperatures
down south reaching near 100 degrees, Saban may rest his horses and
allow the Aggies a humble “cover” win.
Pick: Alabama 51 New Mxico State 0

UT Martin (1-0) at 8 Florida (1-0)
Line: Gators -41 / 62
Time/TV: 6:30 p.m. / CBSSN
The Florida Gators have had a week off to savor the week zero win
over cross state rival Miami. HC Dan Mullen has his team at #11 in
the AP Polls and won’t do anything to hurt that ranking this week. UT
Martins QB, Shelton Keppler, threw the ball 62 times for 382 yards and
3 TD’s but it was against Northwestern La, in a 42-20 win. The Gators
chomp down on the Skylarks.
Pick: Florida 48 UT Martin 17

Murray State (1-0) at 3 Georgia (1-0)
Line: Bulldogs -48.5 / 66
Time/TV: 2:00 / ESPN2
The Murray State Racers, an FCS school out of the Ohio Valley
Conference, welcomed the Pikeville Bears to its campus and put a
beat-down on those poor, old bears, 59-20.  Yes, the Pikeville Bears,
an NAIA school out of Pikeville Kentucky, famed for its two (2)
national titles in women’s bowling. Meanwhile, the Georgia
Bulldogs, are celebrating three years of national championship
appearances, and near appearances, and if allowed, could beat Murray
State by 70 points. Kirby Smart won’t allow it and will give his guns
a rest after halftime….shant a starter be seen in the third and
fourth quarter. Bulldogs RB D’andre Swift had 147 yards on 16 carries
in Georgia’s 30-6 win over Vanderbilt and could match those totals in
just a half this week.
Pick: Georgia 45 Murray St. 3

Eastern Michigan (1-0) at Kentucky (1-0)
Line: Wildcats -15 / 58
Time/TV: 6:30 p.m / CBSSN
Eastern Michigan, the pride of Ypsilanti, Michigan is coming off
two winning seasons and two bowl invites. Kentucky is coming off a 10
win season, a bowl win over Penn State and a final AP ranking 0f #12
in the nation.  The Wildcats beat Toledo 38-24 in week one but didn’t
have the defensive pop from last year. Big Blue should handle the
Eagles at home.
Pick: Kentucky 33 E. Michigan 20

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